Brown Advisory recently released its Q2 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download here. The Equity Income Fund posted a return of 18.29% for the quarter, underperforming its benchmark, the S&P 500 Index which returned 20.55% in the same quarter. You should check out Brown Advisory’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of the stock market crash.
In the said letter, Brown Advisory highlighted a few stocks and Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) is one of them. Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) is a cigarette and tobacco manufacturing company. Year-to-date, Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) stock lost 11.8% and on July 16th it had a closing price of $75.35. Here is what Brown Advisory said:
"Global tobacco products company Philip Morris International fell after forecasting lower-than-expected cigarette sales volumes in the current quarter, due in large part to widespread COVID-19-related lockdowns in many European and Latin American countries."
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Philip Morris International's overall revenue has been stagnant since 2017, so it looks like the management used COVID-19 as an excuse to distract investors from poor underlying trends. Yesterday we published an article revealing that the sales decline didn't stop Distillate Capital to buy PM during the second. In Q1 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) stock decreased by about 16% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don't seem to agree with Philip Morris' growth potential. Our calculations showed that Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) isn't ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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